308: Cathy Wiggins

Cathy Wiggins - Realistic Quilting for Pictorial Quilts with Cathy Wiggins

Week 1

Cathy Wiggins has come a long way from her background in telecommunications with degrees in math and software engineering to teaching quilting. She always had painted with watercolors and acrylics on paper, but now is painting on fabric and using fusibles extensively. She’s known for her whimsical designs but is now moving towards more realism in her work. Fusibles present their own set of challenges when quilting through all the layers and Cathy gives us lots of hints. She uses Hobbs Bonded Fibers 80/20 batting with an additional layer of wool batting on top. Superior Threads 30 or 40 weight threads also give a perfect finished look by filling the holes made by the needle. Consistency is the key…don’t add too many elements to the quilting design. Cathy shows us how easy it is to add grass and foliage designs as fillers. Remember…always start quilting at the bottom of the quilt and work up as you can see where you’ve been.

  • Cathy Wiggins The Quilter’s Spirit – patterns, books, DVD’s, ready to paint patterns, ready to quilt panels, workshops and lectures available at cathywiggins.com
  • MQX (Machine Quilters Exposition – mqxshow.com
  • Hobbs Bonded Fibers battings available at your local quilt shop – hobbsbondedfibers.com
  • Superior Threads – available at your local quilt shop – superiorthreads.com

 

Week 2

Cathy Wiggins continues to show us how to do quilting on natural pictorial quilts. In the first segment of the show she began with leaves and grass. Wood grains are the topic of this segment. Cathy shows how to duplicate the three types of wooden boards with straight grain, half knots and whole knots. For a natural look remember that grain lines are not perfectly straight. She suggests using heavier thread to make the grain show up better. The smaller the design, the smaller the stitch has to be and the smaller the thread used. The techniques of wood grain can also be used to duplicate tree trunks.

Short Takes on Longarm Quilting with Vicki Hoth

 

Jodie comments that Cathy was using different stitch lengths and asks how she does that. Vicki answers that the how isn’t nearly as important as the why. Handi Quilter has two different types of stitch regulation on their longarm machines, the precision and cruise. Vicki shows the difference between the two and why and when you would use each. There are different modes for different types of quilting.

  • Cathy Wiggins The Quilter’s Spirit – patterns, books, DVD’s, ready to paint patterns, ready to quilt panels, workshops and lectures available at cathywiggins.com
  • Hobbs Bonded Fibers battings available at your local quilt shop – hobbsbondedfibers.com
  • Superior Threads – available at your local quilt shop – superiorthreads.com
  • Handi Quilter longarm quilting machines – handiquilter.com

 

Week 3

Cathy Wiggins continues to show us how to quilt using motifs from nature. Water and sky motifs are added in this final segment of the show. Choosing one motif and using it multiple ways helps to unify the quilt. She shows how easy it is to quilt a water filler using wavy lines and curlicues echoing back and forth horizontally across the quilt. Her #1 hint? Keep track of the scale of the filler used and maintain it throughout the body of the quilt. Cathy shows two additional favorite go-to fillers that are a form of stippling. Jodie and Cathy flip through Cathy’s book Quilting Pictorial Quilts that is available on her website. Cathy reminds us that you learn by drawing, and if you can draw it you can quilt it on the longarm.

  • Cathy Wiggins The Quilter’s Spirit – patterns, books, DVD’s, ready to paint patterns, ready to quilt panels, workshops and lectures available at cathywiggins.com